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What is Sport Science and Why Study it

Posted by : Mradula Singh on May 18,2015 09:53 AM
What is Sport Science and Why Study it

Sport science is  application of scientific knowledge to analyze and improve athletic performance. It looks at how to finely tune the human body, why this is important for athletes and common people and how to make a living in this sector.

It is a relatively multi disciplinary subject which calls on knowledge area like physiology and biomechanics to measure what is happening in an athlete’s body, psychology to analyze the role of the mind in performance, and nutrition to help them fuel their bodies correctly.

If you are interested in learning about the human body in action, how to push the performance to its peak, and allow sports people to fulfill their potential, or just help common people to stay fit and lead a healthier life then sports science is for you.

The study of sport science is a relatively young discipline. It became popular only during the last quarter of the 20th century. Its growing popularity is an acknowledgement of how seriously sports are being taken today by different nations and their citizens.

Nations are investing millions in building up facilities and infrastructure for various sports and games, incentivizing athletes to take part and win laurels for themselves and for the country. Winning in games, championships, tournaments etc is increasingly becoming a matter of national pride now. Science and technology play a critical role in developing sporting performance and sports scientists are making a significant contribution here. They are shaping up the physical and metal stamina of these athletes with their scientific approach and making winnings a “habit” for them.

With large number of sports and games being played now a days- Olympics, Paralympics, winter Olympics, Commonwealth games, World Championships and a host of others- the concern is not only to improve the performance but to sustain the performance and repeat it by reducing injuries to athletes. Sport science is the formal scientific approach to this.

Rising levels of obesity, sedentary lifestyles, rising medical costs, economic loss due to illness, premature death or disease-related work disabilities make sport and exercise a major concern for current government policy. Physical activities promote good health. On a national level, increasing physical activity is an effective way of promoting public health and preventing disease across the population. Therefore various local, state and national governments, NGOs, and corporate sectors are consulting sports scientists to develop and implement policies to promote the habit of physical activities among citizens. Also the use of sports in initiatives such as crime prevention, community development and health promotion campaigns make sport a subject area of great contemporary and vocational relevance.

In the modern world sport has become extremely big business. From the multi-billion dollar elite world of professional sport to the equally big one of personal fitness, the impact of sport on the lives of billions cannot be understated.

There are many career opportunities available for exercise and sport sciences graduates including: - physical education teacher, dietician or nutritionist, sports coach, corporate health and fitness advisor, strength and conditioning coach, sports development officer, community recreation and fitness officer, health promotion officer or retail manager of a sports store. Graduates may work within rehabilitation clinics and hospitals; sports medicine clinics; sports academies and institutes; private practice; health and fitness centres; national, state and local government departments, professional associations (e.g. National Heart Foundation); sporting associations, sports administrator, and professional sporting teams.

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Mradula Singh- Content Strategist for many start-ups and passion for writing about issues on education.